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ISSUE NO. 16   |   JAN. 30, 2018


The development of the EPSIG has been moving forward nicely!  Here’s where we are in the process: 

  • The Bylaws have been approved by the Board of Directors.  There will be copies on site at CSM, so be sure to check them out! 
  • Early Professional ribbons will be available for your CSM badges, so be sure to pick one up and wear it proudly.  
  • A Meet & Greet in the SOWH Suite on Thursday, February 22nd from 1:30-2:30.  We hope you can join us, even if just to stop by and introduce yourself.
  • The call for officers will not take place until  after CSM.  It was collectively decided to establish an offset election cycle holding all SIG elections in fall of each year, keeping BoD and Nominating Committee in the summer.  The following positions will be available on the Excecutive Committee: President, President Elect, Director of Administration and Vice President.  There will also be two appointed positions on the Board of Directors: Director at Large and PTA Director.  It’s never too early to start thinking about volunteering for a position.  Be sure to check out the position descriptions to see if one sounds perfect for you! 

This week we want to praise Lori Mize's post in HuffPost.  In light of the intersection of topics that relate to SoWH's mission and vision, the SoWH leadership sought counsel to consider whether to post an offical statement in response to this critical moment that is underscored by the USA Gymnastics trial.

SoWH Leadership agrees with the assessment that a statement is not the best way to respond to this evolving moment (movement) at this time. SoWH has to ensure that we do not act in a way that could create more confusion (connecting Nassar to the profession of physical therapy), rather than providing education and outreach to the patient population. Lori Mize's op-ed did a great job explaining what pelvic health PT’s do and encourages the patient population with healthcare needs to seek legitimate, professional treatment. 

To ensure that the entire SoWH Community can read this article, we have included it as the SoWH Member Highlight for this week.

Upcoming Events

SoWH Minority Health Survey Responses Due
Jan 31, 2018 | 11:59 PM ET
Complete Survey

2018 Regional Course Schedule

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Treating the Female Athlete: A Symposium & Literature Update
SOWH CSM Pre-Conference
New Orleans, LA
Feb 20, 2018
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Pelvic Floor Treatment of Urinary Incontinence: An Evidence Update
SOWH CSM Pre-Conference
New Orleans, LA
Feb 21, 2018
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Board in the Bar 
Feb 22, 2018
New Orleans, LA
Live entertainment & libations!
36 spots left!
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SoWH Members: FREE
Non-Members: $25

WCS Breakfast
New Orleans, LA
Feb. 23, 2018

17 spots left!
Fee: $25
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2018 Research Grant Applications Due
April 1, 2018 | 11:59 PM ET
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Meet Lori Mize, PT, DPT, WCS

Incoming SoWH Vice President, Lori Mize, wrote a powerful article in HuffPost with the title "Nassar’s Atrocities Stigmatize A Legitimate Medical Treatment." This weekly newsletter is a great opportunity to share this piece with our SoWH Communitry.  

"What Nassar did to these young women is absolutely atrocious and should not be confused with genuine pelvic physical therapy, which, when performed appropriately and correctly by a highly trained specialist, can have a positive impact on a woman’s quality of life, especially regarding maternal and sexual health."  
Read on Huffpost


Industry marketer, Dave Smith, at Inc. Magazine evaluated the name change process of several organizations and created the 5 Characteristics of Great Organizations Names:

1)  Does It Stick?
2) Short Is Sweet
3) Be Functional
4) Tell A Story
5) Invent A New Language (if necessary)

Bottom line: The name of your organization should be able to fulfill all of the top four options, if you are able to invent new language, consider it a bonus. 

We encourage you to share your questions, feedback and ideas on the SoWH Name Change process through the SoWH Member Care & Share form.


Deadline January 31, 2018

There has been a long-standing call for the development of more culturally-relevant and informed spaces for education, clinical practice, leadership, and research. As leaders in our field and specialty, the Section on Women's Health has created the Minority Health Task Force to identify areas of improvement and development. As an initial step, the Minority Health Task Force is conducting a community assessment to gather information on the current needs, concerns, and resources among the SOWH membership. Please take a few moments to fill out the Minority Health Survey. We look forward to getting your feedback!
Take Survey

We want to share a quick reminder that Nominations are open for three positions on the SoWH Board of Directors, and one position on the Nominations Committee.  This is a great time to serve as a leader and help to shape the strategic direction of the Section on Women's Health. 

Please join us as a volunteer leader >
Strategic considerations for an association considering a name change:

#1 Update and confirm the mission + purpose of your association

Evaluate how your current name and new name will align with your mission and purpose.  If your mission and purpose have evolved over the years (e.g. Section on Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1977, and Section on Women's Health in 1995) a name change period is where association leadership explores whether the name change is needed to clarify the evolved mission and purpose. 

Please continue to share your Name Change recommendations and perspectives through the SoWH Member Care & Share form.

2nd Year Student PTs Can Now Take Courses!
SoWH now allows SPTs in their 2nd OR 3rd year to take PH1, PH2, OBF, and OBI courses. Are you a 2nd or 3rd year student? Save up to $100 on each of these courses by filling out this form. You can also apply for one of our 21 student scholarships through the same form (optional)! Complete the form.

CAPP-OB 2019 New Requirements
Are you taking the Fundamental Topics or Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum PT courses this year? SoWH is rolling out new requirements in 2019 for course participants to achieve the Certificate of Achievement of Physical Therapy in Pregnancy & Postpartum Physical Therapy (CAPP-OB).  Read about how these changes can impact you: CAPP-OB Requirements for 2019

2018 Course Schedule
SoWH is offering 40+ courses across the country and two courses in Japan this year! Register early to take advantage of the lower prices! View Course Schedule | View Course DescriptionsWant to get instant alerts on new courses, registration, and discount deals? Sign up at 
This week in ByLaws, we continue exploring a deeper rationale for each of our proposed amendments.  This week our focus is on Component Membership.

-> Area of focus #1: empowers SoWH Board + Members to hold in-person and virtual (electronic) meetings. Eases restrictions for Board + Members
to call special and regional meetings.
-> Area of focus #2: confirms equal voting power to all eligible categories

These amendments empower SoWH to host in-person and virtual meetings, which increases access to official SoWH business meetings to ALL of SoWH’s growing membership. This also eases the requirements for SoWH Members to call an official meeting. This amendment also confirms the equality of PT and PTA votes (PTA members currently have 1/2 vote). This amendment also permits electronic voting which expands access to voting on SoWH business agenda items to all SoWH’s growing membership who are not able to attend an in-person meeting. 

Your resource to all resources on the Bylaws proposal is available here:

The membership vote on these proposed changes is scheduled for Friday, February 23rd at the SoWH Business Meeting during the 2018 APTA CSM conference in New Orleans.
We encourage you to share your questions, feedback and ideas on the Bylaws Proposal through the SoWH Member Care & Share form.

The American Physical Therapy Association is writing a Clinical Practice Guideline to help with the care of women with urinary leakage. We would like your opinion. All women are welcome to complete the survey. You do not have to have urinary leakage to do the survey. The responses will help us to better understand how women think and feel about urinary leakage and the available treatments. The survey will take about 15-minutes to complete. Thank you.
**Note: This survey is focused on the patient/general public community.** 

Take Survey
 OPENINGS    SoWH Governance Committee

 We are seeking NEW members! Application Deadline: February 26,2018

This committee shall assist the Board by: (a) keeping the Board informed of current best governance practices and trends in corporate governance; (b) advising the Board on the skills and experience that should be required of potential board members; (c) developing and recommending to the Board a set of Governance Guidelines; (d) developing standards by which the Board can annually review its own performance; and (e) undertaking such duties as may be delegated to it by the Board from time to time. Check out the Governance Committee charter here. The committee will hold 1-2 meetings and 8-10 conference calls per calendar year. 

We are looking for the following volunteers within our membership to bring diverse professional experience to this committee:
  • Early Professional member
  • PTA member
  • Member at large
If you or anyone you know is interested in this opportunity, please submit a position statement and resume via the application link below by 11:59 PM, February 26, 2018.
Apply Now
 OPENING   Pregnancy and Postpartum Special Interest Group (PPSIG)

Development is underway for the brand-new PPSIG!  The PPSIG will provide a forum to connect physical therapists from a variety of clinical disciplines that promotes networking and cross-leveling of information about musculoskeletal evaluation, treatment, and wellness during and after pregnancy.  The PPSIG is due to become official after the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in February of 2018.   Information about joining the PPSIG will be available on the SoWH website after CSM.   If interested, please complete this PPSIG volunteer interest form below.
Apply Now
 OPENING    Clinical Practice Guidelines Core Member

Would you like to help develop a new Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG)? The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Physical Rehabilitation CPG Team is looking for an additional Core Member with literature review and publication experience.  This unique CPG includes elements of chronic disease; pre- and post operative strategies; pelvic floor; aerobic and strength protocols; bone density and scar tissue management.  Therapists from all specialities are welcome to apply. The CPG’s objectives include:  (1) reviewing existing literature related to IBD, exercise science, and rehabilitation, (2) examining practical applications of IBD rehabilitation strategies, and (3) identifying gaps in the literature, elucidating future directions for IBD and Physical Therapy research.
E-mail Jessica Elia for Info / Application
 OPENING    Clinical Practice Guidelines Reviewer  *NEW* 

Interested in working with a dedicated group of PTs and in giving back to the profession?  Are you interested in learning more about the evidence related to PT interventions for women with UI?  Well, we have we just the right opportunity for you!  Led by Mary McVearry Austin and Adrienne McAuley, our Guideline Development Group is now recruiting full-text reviewers to help appraise the research on PT interventions for UI.  We will provide you with the full-text articles and train you in using the Critical Appraisal Tools (CATs).  Contacting us is not a commitment so please reach out if you are interested.  Those who do decide to join our team will be asked to complete a minimum of 10-15 articles/CATs.
E-mail Adrienne McAuley for Info / Application
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In this conversation with SoWH, Bishop advises researchers how best to ensure their evidence-based manuscripts pass the rigor of at least one aspect of peer review—his close inspection of their data. Read more

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